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Lass is More with Josh Lasser

Focusing on the media, "Lass is More" sits down with the individuals who make the movies and shows that people are, or will be, talking about. The things we watch are not created in a vacuum, but rather as responses to far larger thoughts and issues. From why someone took a role to what it means to them to where they’re going next, we put the pieces of the puzzle together. The "Lass is More" podcast gets to the core of the issue, offering perspective on both the people involved in a project, and the project itself.
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Nov 22, 2022

Not every movie has to be the biggest and the best, the funniest and most clever, the loudest and most spectacular.  It is okay sometimes for a movie to just, you know, be a movie.  That is preceisely what we encounter today with the Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening-starring "Jerry and Marge go Large."  The now available on Blu-ray and digital comedy is... fine, and that's quite enough.

Nov 15, 2022

Some movies make us stop and wonder what exactly it is that we're seeing.  This can be either a good thing or it can be a bad thing.  With "Honk for Jesus.  Save Your Soul." we're definitely looking at either one or the other.  Which?  Why?  What does/doesn't work about this satire?  Only one way to find out -- open your hearts (and ears) to this podcast.

Nov 8, 2022

Out now on digital is the movie "See How They Run."  Rather than being a filmic adaptation of Agatha's Christie long-running play, "The Mousetrap," it is a comedic mystery surrounding a fictional murder taking place near the start of that show's historic run.  This leaves Josh with any numerable of imponderables to ponder and ponder he does.

Nov 1, 2022

Zach Cregger's "Barbarian" plays out as two distinct halves.  You might actually think that someone spliced the movie together incorrectly for a minute when the switch takes place.  Separately the halves are quite good.  Together they're even better.

Sep 27, 2022

"Thor:  Love and Thunder" is now out on DVD and Blu-ray and that makes this the perfect time to talk about the fourth entry in the "Thor" saga... or, as we put it, the second best "Thor" movie in the MCU.  Thinking of it that way, it is both admirable and a disappointment and it's something we need to look at a little more closely.

Sep 20, 2022

Listen, no one wants to be the guy out there saying, "I told you so," but it happens. Well, honestly, maybe Josh doesn't mind being that guy so much.  He gets in at least one good one this week as all six original crew "Star Trek" movies have now been released in a 4K boxed set, much like he said would happen last September after the first four got their own boxed set.

Sep 13, 2022

Other people out there might be tired of the Minions, with their silly speech and tendency to bash each other on the heads, but not Josh.  No, Josh still thoroughly enjoys the little yellow guys.  Of course, that's not the same as saying everything is perfect in terms of their second headling feature, "Minions:  The Rise of Gru."  Let's discuss.

Aug 23, 2022

Some movies don't work.  They feel both ill-conceived and ill-executed.  After a great start to the franchise and then even a promising opening of this particular trilogy within it, watching the (currently) final film, "Jurassic World: Dominion," feels like a chore.  Ascribing motivation is tough, but we have plenty of thoughts about what went on here.

Aug 9, 2022

Pixar's "Lightyear" is now out on streaming and will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray in September.  As the canon goes, this is meant to be the movie Andy saw that caused him to want a Buzz Lightyear doll in "Toy Story."

Andy must have been very undemanding because the characters in "Lightyear" are pretty dim bulbs.

Jul 26, 2022

Starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, the new film "The Lost City" is rather reminiscent of "Jewel of the Nile," but maybe that's only because we've seen "Jewel of the Nile."  Maybe there are a half-dozen (or more) other movies which it echoes... maybe there are a half-dozen (or more) books which it echoes.  What do we find when we go in to watch "The Lost City?"  Let's discuss.

Jul 19, 2022

For a long time we've wondered about how exactly it might hit someone if they dropped into an existing franchise in the middle.  Although this has regularly been our rumination with the MCU, the existence of this movie, which is based on the long-running FOX sitcom, gave Josh the opportunity to play guinea pig for our own ideas.

Jul 12, 2022

Some things are obligations, but that doesn't mean that they have to feel that way.  For instance, Josh may have Covid currently, but that doesn't remove his need to talk to you about the new "Downton Abbey" movie.  So, despite a halting voice, he has given it his all this week.  On the other hand, he's not convinced that the minds behind "A New Era" did the same when putting this second film together.

Jun 28, 2022

With "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" out on digital now and Blu-ray at the end of the month, we have finally hit the moment where we must talk about the film.  As with all things MCU, however, it doesn't exist by itself.  No, it exists in conversation with a myriad of other projects.  How then are we to understand this movie and the series and the larger universe?

Jun 21, 2022

After sinking an incredible number of hours into the game "Elden Ring," Josh's adventure with the title has come to a close.  As much as he loved the game--and he did--he is sad for it to be done.  Where does that leave him?  Why does he not wish to just play it again?  What is next on his plate?

Jun 14, 2022
Out this week on Blu-ray is Michael Bay's "Ambulance."  It is almost the perfect distillation of what we consider to be a Michael Bay film -- it is one big action chase sequence.  At the same time though, we are considered about the future of the car chase film... or are we?
Jun 7, 2022

There are a group of individuals out there who will tell you that "Grease 2" is the better of the films in the "Grease" series.  Those people may be very nice and are certainly entitled to their opinion.  They are also, we believe, not correct.  Let's discuss.

May 31, 2022
Brian De Palma's absolutely crackerjack movie "The Untouchables" is now out on 4K.  That makes today the perfect day to take a glance at it, talk about what makes it great, and examine it in relation to some of the other ideas we've been looking at recently.
May 17, 2022

Out now on 4K UHD is the classic revisionist western "The Man who Shot Liberty Valance" and the reception for the film didn't go over in Josh's house as he may have hoped.  Let's discuss just why members of his family were wrong.

May 10, 2022

Although Josh may have written fewer reviews of late, the number of films he has watched hasn't dropped and his enjoyment may have increased.  Just what does that mean?  Where does he go from here?  What sort of multiverse of madness is he in?

May 3, 2022

The brilliant "Turning Red" is now available on Blu-ray and streaming and that makes this the perfect opportunity to talk about one of the absolute dummest controversies to come up in a long time.  

Guess what?  You don't like the content of a PG movie?  Well, in the case of this one, not only are you wrong, but you're not actually obligated to watch.

Apr 26, 2022
Our initial reactions to things aren't always right.  You can't necessarily control said reaction, but you can pause and adjust your thinking.  This week, Josh does just that as he contemplates the new "West Side Story."
Apr 12, 2022
Starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, the stakes in "Marry Me" never prove terribly high, even if Lopez's character lives in the spotlight and the whole thing is about love, but there's an affability to the tale that works.
Apr 5, 2022

Kenneth Branagh's second Hercule Poirot movie, "Death on the Nile," is now out on Blu-ray and streaming and that makes this the perfect moment to discuss just how wonderful the films are.

Mar 29, 2022

Josh has some very complicated feelings surroudning Robert Redford's "Ordinary People."  Brewing for decades, they are things he has grappled with more than once.  With the new Blu-ray release, he has sat down to watch the film again and, while he's not sure it's better, he has decided that maybe the problems don't lie where he initially thought.

Mar 22, 2022
We are not going to lie and say that we loved everything about Guillermo del Toro's update to "Nightmare Alley."  What we are confident in telling you, however, is that del Toro's films, this one included, are beautiful.  Simply beautiful.  As for what didn't work for us here?  Take a listen and see.
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